Monday, October 23, 2017
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Christchurch & Canterbury

Businesses recognised for conservation successes

The Department of Conservation has praised Canterbury businesses for getting involved in conservation and helping to make a difference for our native wildlife and habitats.

The George named in top ten Readers Choice Awards

The George, one of New Zealand’s most treasured boutique hotels and the only hotel in Christchurch with a one to one staff to guest ratio has been named in the top ten hotels in Australia and New Zealand by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

Crowne Plaza: Opening exceeds expectations

Crowne Plaza Christchurch has exceeded opening budgets for rooms, food and beverage and conferencing.

Akaroa, Havelock North, Masterton, Mt Hutt win beauty parade

Keep New Zealand Beautiful are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Beautiful Awards.

Crowne Plaza wins silver in national design awards

The design team behind the stunning new Crowne Plaza Christchurch has won a silver award in a national competition.

Mt Hutt opens highest spa pool in the country

Not only officially New Zealand’s best ski resort two years in a row, plus the best snowfall at a Kiwi ski field this year but now also the highest altitude spa pool in the country.

Christchurch Airport recognised for support of South Island tourism

Christchurch Airport has been honoured for its support of South Island tourism.

Report: Freedom campers offer unique opportunities

The typical freedom camper who visits the Selwyn district is German, under 30 years of age and in search of eco-tourism attractions.

Warm welcome for icy traveller

As a gateway city to Antarctica, Christchurch embraces the southern continent, and is celebrating all things frozen in October.

Experience Mid Canterbury to close Ashburton i-SITE

Experience Mid Canterbury has decided to close its Ashburton i-SITE, saving the tourism organisation around $100,000 in costs. 

Korean celebrities visit Christchurch for reality tv show

Two well-known South Korean actors have hit Christchurch with their children to film a reality television show that will be broadcast to millions.

Christchurch i-SITE wins innovation award

The Christchurch i-SITE’s successful move into the restored Arts Centre has seen the visitor centre win at the i-SITE network’s annual conference this year.

Newspaper editor to head Christchurch tourism

The editor of The Press newspaper has been appointed the new CEO of ChristchurchNZ, the city’s new promotion and economic development agency.

Photos from the NZ Tourism Awards 2017

A selection of photos from the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2017 held at Wigram Air Force Museum, Christchurch.

Earl Hagaman recognised for outstanding contribution to tourism

Scenic Hotel Group founder, the late Earl Hagaman has been recognised posthumously with the prestigious Crowe Horwath International Sir Jack Newman ‘Outstanding Industry Leader’ Award at the 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

Industry converges on Christchurch for NZ Tourism Awards

The great and the good of NZ's tourism industry will converge on Christchurch today to celebrate the achievements of the people and businesses working in the sector.

Passengers, property drive 50% profit surge at Christchurch Airport

A record number of passengers and strong property growth have helped Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) report net profit after tax of $64.6m for the year ended June, up 50% on last year's result.

Daily flights to China a big boost for the South Island

The partnership between Christchurch Airport and China Southern Airlines is going from strength to strength and helping boost tourism and trade for the South Island. 

Hassle-free, Mt Hutt, Hanmer Springs among business awards finalists

Hassle-free Tours, Christchurch Adventure Park, and Mt Hutt Ski Area are among the finalists announced in the Champion Canterbury Business Awards 2017. 

Tourism operators secure Christchurch Airport support

Four more South Island tourism companies have been named as recipients of the ‘New Horizons Fund’ support programme.

1930s tramcar to Join Christchurch Tramway fleet

A tramcar built in the 1930s has arrived at the Port of Lyttelton to become part of the Christchurch tramway fleet.

Gold-class for the Christchurch Tramway

The more than 10,000 working hours that went into getting Christchurch’s tramway up and running following the 2011 earthquake has paid off significantly, with the service receiving a gold business sustainability award from Tourism New Zealand.

Flexibility, location key to convention centre success

The flexibility and location of the new Christchurch Convention Centre will be the key to its success.

An Operator’s View: Hassle-free Tours’ Mark Gilbert

Hassle-free Tours owner Mark Gilbert on how he and his wife Nikki began their business, recovering from the Christchurch earthquakes, and the company's $2m expansion plans to launch in Queenstown and Auckland.

2020 opening for $240m Christchurch Convention Centre

CPB Contractors, owned by Australia's CIMIC Group, has secured the contract to complete the design and build the $240m Christchurch Convention Centre.

Aigantighe to light up Timaru

People in Timaru are being asked to save the date of Saturday 19th August as the Aigantighe Art Gallery and our parks and other cultural institutions team up to light up winter night.

Avis, Budget and Apex back in Christchurch Central

After being driven out of the CBD by earthquakes six years ago, Avis, Budget and Apex are delighted to collect the keys to their new building today; the International Rental Car Precinct Hub in Christchurch.

Hassle-free Tours launches $2m expansion to Auckland, Queenstown

Christchurch-based Hassle-free Tours is expanding to Auckland and Queenstown in a $2m drive to push into new markets.

Akaroa voted top cruise destination in Australasia

Akaroa has lept above Sydney and Auckland to be named the top cruise destination in Australasia by the annual Cruise Critic's Cruisers Choice Awards.

Christchurch secures animal studies conference

Christchurch has won an international bid to host the Australasian Animal Studies Association Conference next year.

The Rees targets Auckland, Christchurch with new luxury offerings

Queenstown’s The Rees Hotel has launched a luxury motor yacht in Auckland and is on the cusp of starting development of a new five-star hotel in Christchurch.

From the Regions: Aoraki’s Henrietta Hazlett

The Ticker hears from Henrietta Hazlett, the industry partnerships manager at New Zealand's newest Regional Tourism Organisation, Aoraki Tourism, on the challenges and opportunities in the Timaru District.

Canterbury guest nights lead latest rises

Booming tourism in the Mackenzie District has seen Canterbury record an extra 25,000 guest nights in May, topping Stats NZ's latest accommodation survey.

Robust visitor growth forecast for Christchurch

Tourists are forecast to return to Christchurch at a higher rate than pre-earthquake,  according to a new report charting the city’s recovery.

All-time visitor record at Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum visitor figures came in at the end of June breaking all previous records. 784,756 breaks the previous record last year of 723,228 visitors.

Opening a runaway success for new Crowne Plaza

The opening of the new Crowne Plaza Christchurch last weekend has been deemed a runaway success – as hundreds of visitors and locals poured through the doors.

Aotea leads Christchurch tourist retail scheme

Aotea Gifts is working up plans for a new tourist retail development after buying a $6.65m site in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square.

Crowne Plaza makes its return to Christchurch

Crowne Plaza Christchurch is returning to the city – a new, contemporary space for visitors and locals to connect with a revitalised city centre.

$160K funding boost for Canterbury tourism

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges today announced that the Government will provide $160,000 to support tourism strategy projects in Canterbury. 

Wednesday Letter: Access must work for all, not just tourists

Ensuring access for tourists to rivers for fishing, forests for hunting and trails for tramping, cycling and horse-riding is vital but that access must be suited to the needs of locals and landowners too, writes New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Asher Wilson-Goldman.

Mastercard: Domestic market increasingly on the move

New Zealanders are increasingly exploring their own country with visiting loved ones the main reason for travelling.

South Island companies offered assistance to market in China

South Island tourism businesses have a month to apply for the latest round of Christchurch Airport’s ‘New Horizons’ programme.

$600K Lions lift for Canterbury

The Lions match against the Crusaders on Saturday helped boost spending in the Canterbury region over the weekend by $600,000, according to Paymark.

Christchurch back on tourist map

Christchurch is back on the tourist map, according to the city's latest tourism report. However, its accommodation stocks need replenishing, said Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner.

Mt Hutt opens today – the South Island ski season begins!

New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort, Mt Hutt in Canterbury, opens today, marking the start of the South Island ski season.

Drayton appointed chairwoman of Christchurch Airport

Catherine Drayton has been appointed Christchurch Airport's new chairwoman.

Christchurch named NZ’s favourite place to ride

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced that Christchurch has taken out the inaugural Top Town Award in the NZ Transport Agency’s annual Favourite Places to Ride competition.

Christchurch Centre designs reveal world-class venue

Landmark architectural designs for the Christchurch Centre have been released showcasing the 2000-delegate capacity venue.

Christchurch Adventure Park targets spring re-opening

Christchurch Adventure Park has mooted a spring re-opening following February’s Port Hills fires that forced the $24m attraction’s temporary closure.

Free electric cars for corporate travellers

Regular business travellers will be able to book an e-Golf for their day of travel, free of charge.

Alpine Pacific Touring Route launches in new campaign

A new North Canterbury touring route has been launched as the quake-struck region looks to reinvigorate visitor numbers. The 450-kilometre Alpine Pacific Touring Route runs between Christchurch, Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, heading through the Waipara...

Dunedin Railways debuts new tour

A new chapter in Rail Touring begins today with Dunedin Railways first trip out of Christchurch heading south.

Stadium pre-feasibility study gets green light

In his last act as Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Gerry Brownlee has today announced the Crown will fund a pre-feasibility study for a new multi-use arena in Christchurch.

New cruise berth will boost economy, relieve Akaroa pressure

The new $56m cruise berth planned for Lyttelton will bring a welcome boost to the Christchurch economy and help relieve pressure on the small town of Akaroa.

Bright future for South Brighton Motor Camp

The Christchurch City Council has signed an 11-year land lease agreement, securing a bright future for the earthquake-damaged South Brighton Motor Camp.

Wyndham introduces Ramada Encore brand to NZ

Wyndham Hotel Group today announced the introduction of a new brand – Ramada ENCORE – to New Zealand, reflecting the hospitality giant’s intent to broaden its portfolio in the country.

New chef to showcase local Christchurch produce

The new Crowne Plaza Christchurch is promising to showcase the best fresh local produce the city and region have to offer in its brand-new café, bar and restaurant.

New marketing manager for Brook Serene hotels

Georgina Torrington has been appointed Marketing Manager for the Brook Serene collection of boutique hotels, based at The George in Christchurch.

China Southern boosts Tekapo tourism

China Southern Airlines has become an official partner of Mt John Observatory in a deal believed to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

New RTO Aoraki Tourism launches

Timaru District Council is aiming to put the district back firmly on the tourism map with the launch of Aoraki Tourism, the tourism development body for the district.

Methven hot pools gets council go ahead

The long-running proposal to bring hot pools to Methven has received resource consent from council.

NZ tech company behind latest New York ferry service

Christchurch technology company Connexionz has won the contract to support New York City’s latest ferry operation.

Crowne Plaza Christchurch launches event and conference spaces

The new Crowne Plaza Christchurch is setting itself up for business success with the launch of four modern and versatile event and conferencing spaces.

Hurunui overhauls tourism strategy

Hurunui is shifting its focus from destination marketing to destination management as it looks to grow its share of New Zealand’s tourism sector.

An Operator’s View: Christchurch Airport’s Justin Watson

Christchurch International Airport's chief commercial officer - aeronautical, Justin Watson, shares his views on the airport's performance and its $180m development programme.

Singapore launches additional services to Christchurch

Singapore Airlines will again provide supplementary services to and from Christchurch for 2017/18 summer.

Top of the South cluster releases new trade resource

The Top of the South regional tourism cluster has released a new 2017 itinerary brochure, following route changes north of Kaikoura.

Real Journeys’ Richard Lauder on $20m Walter Peak investment and beyond

Real Journeys is embarking on an extensive development programme which will see it pump millions into its major attractions.

PCMA: What NZ can do to win business events and visitors

The Professional Convention Management Association’s director of global development, Michelle Crowley, tells us what makes NZ attractive to the global conference market.

On the Road with Tourism Ticker: Christchurch

In the fourth and final instalment of this On the Road series, the Ticker's Bridget O'Connell is in Christchurch and hears the concerns of operators affected by the Port Hills blaze.

Christchurch’s ‘pockets of awesome’ now online

Christchurch’s pockets of awesome - the city’s trending places to meet, eat, drink, and experience - are now featured in a new online resource at pocketsofawesome.co.nz

Luxury retreat opens in Canterbury high country

Canterbury, New Zealand has gained a new luxury alpine retreat with the opening of Montrose Estate on the Rakaia river at the foot of the Southern Alps.

Record passengers lift Christchurch Airport interim profit over $18m

Christchurch Airport reported a record 3.24m passengers passed through its gates in the six months to 31 December 2016 driving interim net profit to $18.3m. Total passenger movements grew by 4.4%, or 135,392, compared to...

InterCity launches coast-to-coast bus service

New Zealand’s largest long distance transport provider InterCity will operate bus services between Christchurch and Greymouth while the TranzAlpine scenic railway is out of action.

Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?

The issue of whether residential ratepayers who rent out their homes for profit should pay rates in line with their commercial counterparts is not a new one.

Nth Canterbury spending plunges following quake

Tourist spending in North Canterbury dropped by over a quarter following the Kaikoura earthquake last year. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on November 14 led to a drop in spending in December by 28% to $27m...

New Zealand’s first Smart Shuttle unveiled in Christchurch airport

The future arrived at Christchurch Airport this morning, with the introduction of the fully autonomous Smart Shuttle.

TranzAlpine services to West Coast resume

KiwiRail has cleared the slips on the Midland Line and will begin running services, including the internationally acclaimed TranzAlpine train.

KiwiRail launches truncated TranzAlpine service

KiwiRail is offering day trips from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass on its popular TranzAlpine service after Wednesday’s weather bomb cut road and rail links.

Starting the recovery: Learnings from a Christchurch operator

Celebrating small steps and staying positive are key to getting through the tough times that follow a disaster, according to Welcome Aboard’s Michael Esposito.
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ROUND UP

April 2017

Lyttelton awaits cruise ship report, lodges reclamation consent Funding options for a Lyttelton cruise ship berth might soon be revealed. Stuff

Christchurch Airport considers multimillion-dollar runway extension Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) is considering a $12 million extension to one of its runways. The Press

March 2017

Singapore Airlines announces additional flights to and from Christchurch Singapore Airlines has announced it will increase its flights to and from Christchurch next summer. Stuff

TranzAlpine reopens after ‘tough year’ for KiwiRail Some of the best scenery in the South Island is back on display as passenger rail services between Christchurch and Greymouth resume. Stuff

Tourism peaks and troughs a challenge for disaster planning On tourism’s busiest day visitor in 2016 visitor numbers almost equalled the population of Christchurch. Stuff

First look at Christchurch Adventure Park damage after devastating fires Last month’s Port Hills fires have left significant damage at Christchurch Adventure Park, a walk-through of the multi-million dollar facility has revealed. 1 News Now

Midland Railway Line to reopen between Greymouth and Christchurch The Midland Railway Line between Christchurch and Greymouth will reopen earlier than expected. The Press

Christchurch cycleway blamed for businesses near closure A Christchurch dairy owner says his livelihood is under threat by a new cycleway. The Press